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Broadmoor is a tribute to designer/builder A. Vernon "Mac" Macan a leading golf course architect of the time. Born in Dublin, Ireland in 1882, Vernon was a highly educated man attending Shrewsbury and studying law at Trinity College, Dublin. In 1908, Macan emigrated to Canada. He was the architect for many golf courses in the pacific northwest and B.C. including Royal Colwood, Inglewood, Fircrest, and Colwood National.
Golf history hosted at Broadmoor over the years includes the Seattle $10,000 Open Tournament in 1945 with Byron Nelson, Harold "Jug" McSpaden, Ben Hogan, and Sam Snead. Nelson took the tournament with a new world’s record of 259 for 72 holes, 21 under par.
In 1952 at the LPGA Tour's Seattle Weathervane tournament, Betsy Rawls bested Babe Zaharias. In 1954, the 52nd Western Amateur brought Jack Benny, Bing Crosby, and Phil Harris to the course. In 1961, Broadmoor hosted the 13th annual U.S. Girls' Junior and the Seattle Open where Dave Marr captured the $10,000 prize.
With the Seattle World's Fair in 1962, the Seattle Open attracted Arnold Palmer, Billy Casper, Tony Lema, Ken Venturi, Dave Hill, Julius Boros, Doug Sanders, Hollywood stars Bob Hope, James Garner, Don Cherry, Dennis Morgan and Phil Crosby, and a crowd of 6,000 for the Pro Am. The tournament was won that year by Jack Nicklaus. In 1964 the Seattle Open was held for the last time at Broadmoor. Billy Casper claimed the winner’s circle.